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Drove from WDC to Richmond for a 60 mile training ride and loved the uncongested trail with excellent surface. Very infrequent stops available for restocking fluids or food, so pack accordingly. Will definitely come again.
This park has several trails that allow bikes but the main loop is the longest and the most difficult with the 2nd half being skinny, winding, and full of roots. It was very challenging and not one I would recommend for inexperienced bikers or children. I was a little surprised that it was even designated for bikes there. The park itself is beautiful.
I give a four based upon the overall experience of biking out there (more to come on this). The trail itself is pleasant enough if lacking a little in scenery. One passes potato farms (I almost got sucked into the dirt dust of a potato truck as I was riding the trail, b/c it parallels one farm in particular - for a short bit - where the farm's dirt road is right next to the trail). It is mostly in shade and mostly shielded from Route 13 by trees; just a few, short spots of exposure in both regards. The wildlife refuge offers a couple of trails one can bike as well, so that's a nice bonus. Also a nifty bonus is that Kiptopeke State Park is at the Capeville Rd. end of the trail. One does have to cross 13, but it's short and then one bikes down route 704 to the entrance to the park where there are several bikable trails. The trails are not for Major Mountain Bikers, if you are curious. I rode my hybrid on the sand-packed soil and was fine. The trails are flat. So the overall package available to a cyclist is actually quite nice if one takes advantage of rail-trail, the refuge and the state park.
Begins at the VA Beach boardwalk area. Not marked great, some of the areas are narrow sidewalks. Crossing the roadways can be difficult as well. It was ok but not great.
I visited this trail early June, 2019 for the first time while on vacation. It is in a remote, rural area. Spacious parking lot and nice restroom at trailhead, was quiet (Thursday), few cyclists around. Locked my rental car, took off on bike and was gone approximately 2-1/2 hrs. Came back to car to find it had been broken into and my credit cards were stolen. The trail itself is fine, just be sure to bring water bottle and bug spray. But please don't go alone and never leave anything you value in your vehicle.
Asphalt parts of trail are awesome but the boardwalks are a killer. Not recommended for quads. Beautiful and Clean! Definitely go there again but not on skates 😉
You may also ride on quiet roads from the Wildlife Center down to walking trails which lead to a an old cannon barrel installation from WWII as well as riding down to a boat launch site with nice views of marshland and tidal areas-this added another 3.5 miles to our trip.Although we did not cross Rte 13 there is a State Park which may be accessed for additional miles as well.
NH kayaker They have added another 2 miles to this trail. You can now start just south of the pottery store on route 13. Small gravel parking lot. You do ride along route 13 but most of the time there are trees blocking the road but you hear the traffic. You pass a lot of farm land. Ends at wildlife refuge center which wasn’t open the day we were there. Only open weekends till summer. Porta potty at wildlife center parking lot. So total trail was now 4.9 miles. Nicely paved. Great trip
On Wed 3Apr, four of us drove from Raleigh NC , parked in a secure paid-parking lot in Richmond VA, within 1 mile of Trail head. We backpacked requirements for an overnight stay. We biked to Green Spring Vacation Resort near the Jamestown Settlement. For a reasonable price, we got a 4-bedroom / 4-bathroom overnight rental. We Uber-ed to dinner and back. The next day we biked back to Richmond and made many stops to read the historical signs posted all along this beautiful paved trail. We were blessed with awesome weather and only 1 flat! I will describe this trail as 30% flat, 35% hill climbing, and 35% hill descending! Both days, we met a variety of riders going in both directions. The 2-day b-ride with about 55 miles each day was well-worth our 6-hour r/trip drive!
Straight line, no hills, one grade crossing - great for young families. What makes it better is there is a fairly easy geocache every tenth of a mile along the entire current trail. Almost all of them are bison tubes with a different one at the eastern trail head. Come have fun.
It’s an awesome trail and very easy to ride. 54 miles will various places to stop and rest along the way. I ridden the trail twice starting in Richmond, finishing at the Jamestown. And then took the Capital Trail Shuttle back to Richmond.
November 2017 we paddled this trail west of Chickahominy campground. We thoroughly enjoyed pedaling this trail and the geocaching along the way. You can hear the traffic along most of this trail, but the condition of it is excellent. Enjoyed multiple trips to Cul's Courthouse Grille. This November we finished the trail east to Jamestown. Again a lot of the trail paralleled the highway, but the geocaching was fun.
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